New York Market Week: Having Fun Again!

Philip and Barbara Friedman

Now that the dust has settled on July New York market week and the various spring 2012 trade shows, I want to retract my August editorial about the industry needing an attitude change. Apparently, we’ve already got the attitude change: I felt more positive energy this market than I have in years!! And despite Congressional […]

July Notebook: Great reads: Pure Luck: Conceive, Believe, Achieve


Part Holocaust memoir, part American success story, part philosophy of life, Paul Wattenberg’s wonderful book is filled with wisdom, humor and so many insights: on business, on family dynamics, on friendship, on human nature. Those who know Wattenberg as a schmatta maker will likely be amazed by the depth of his perceptions, and by his […]

Schmoozing: Elie Tahari spring 2012 preview at the Standard Hotel


Designer Elie Tahari hosted a cocktail party at the Standard Hotel in New York to preview his spring 2012 menswear collection. The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the arrows on the right to see the next image in the gallery.

Texas talent: Russ Patrick

Russ Patrick, Neiman Marcus

For more than two decades, Russ Patrick has shaped the business at Neiman Marcus. Russ Patrick is described by vendor colleagues as “highly principled,” “pragmatic,” “a merchant’s merchant.” “He’s very tuned into the selling floor,” says Mike Cohen of Hickey Freeman. “He digs deep to figure out why things are selling or not. He’s incredibly […]

The Visionary: David Witman

David Witman

David Witman has a clear, customer-centric vision for Nordstrom menswear. David Witman did not intend to spend his career at Nordstrom. He started out at a specialty store in San Francisco while in grad school, switching gears only because his wife Jayme (who worked for Banana Republic at the time) got transferred to Seattle. “It’s […]

Editor’s Letter: Saluting the Merchants

Karen Alberg Grossman

Vision and creativity, still the backbone of our industry. No issue of MR Magazine is more exciting for us than July. In it, we profile our Uptown/Downtown award winners, those merchants singled out by the menswear industry for their vision, creativity, tenacity, temerity. We love the risk-takers, those merchants who know the rules well enough […]

Schmoozing: St. Croix picnic dinner


The Winona, Minnesota-based St. Croix knitwear company hosted a picnic dinner with retailers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bernhard Brenner last week. The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the arrows on the right to see the next image in the gallery.

Thomas Dean launches Thomas Dean Collegiate


Thomas Dean is launching a licensed collection for NCAA schools: versatile sportswear that can be worn to a game, to the office, to a restaurant or party. Says Tom Bonomo, “We wanted the product to be wearable on many levels, to support the school in all phases of life, not just on the playing field. […]

Places: Syracuse, New York


Great schools, great stores! Syracuse, NY has lots of both. It was beyond exciting for me to return to my alma mater, Syracuse University, after many years. (No, I’m not telling the number but rest assured it’s big.) In addition to shopping some terrific men’s stores, I got to check out SU’s Whitman School of […]

Role Model: Amar’e Stoudemire

Dan Grossman and Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar’e Stoudemire is an appropriate hero to many. He’s known for his amazing basketball skills and for his great personal style (expect a men’s collection soon!), but NY Knicks captain Amar’e Stoudemire is a hero in ways more profound. In 2003, he founded a youth outreach program to inspire at-risk kids to achieve their goals. […]